Paid Summer Internships - FAQs

Frequently asked questions about  summer internship program are listed below. If your question is not here, please contact Marilyn Soucie, T2D2 Program Coordinator, for assistance.

Who should apply?
Do I need to have a specific academic major in order to apply?
Do I have to be a United States citizen to obtain an internship?
Should the Reference Forms for Summer Internship be mailed separately?
Are the dates and length of the internship flexible?
Should I apply for an internship if I don't have any teaching experience?
If accepted, do I have to enter the teacher development program?
Will you help find housing?
How are interns paid?
Can the internship be taken for college credit?
Do I have to take the TDP 1150 course, Exploring Science Teaching as a Career, to be considered for a summer internship?
Is there a dress code at the internship sites?
What happens if I get sick or need vacation time?
When will I know if I've been selected for an internship?
Will I be notified if not selected?
How can I find out about the status of my application?
 
Who should apply?
The internships are intended for MU freshmen or sophomore science majors who are interested in exploring science teaching as a career.
Do I need to have a specific academic major in order to apply?
Students with majors in Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Geological Sciences and Physics will be given priority for the internships.
Do I have to be a United States citizen to obtain an internship?
Under the conditions of the grant, a person needs to be a U.S. citizen, national, or permanent alien resident in order to receive an internship.
Should the Reference Forms for Summer Internship be mailed separately?
Yes. The reference writer should mail forms directly to the address listed on the form. The forms should not be given to the applicant (student) to mail.
Are the dates and length of the internship flexible?
No. The internships will run concurrent to the MU summer session, with the additional two weeks added prior to the beginning of the session. The internship are 8-10 weeks in length.
Should I apply for an internship if I don't have any teaching experience?
Yes. The purpose of the internships is to explore teaching as a career.
If accepted, do I have to enter the teacher development program?
No. The purpose of the internship is to explore science teaching as a career option. Accepting an internship does not commit you to becoming a science teacher.
Will you help find housing?
No. Housing and transportation are responsibilities of the student.
How are interns paid?
Interns will be paid by the University of Missouri. Funding has been made available through a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant, Top Notch Teachers with Dual Degrees at the University of Missouri: T2D2@MU (Award #0934839).
Can the internship be taken for college credit?
Yes, interns are required to enroll in a 1-credit hour course, Field Experience in Informal Science Settings. An in-state tuition waver will apply for the course (interns are responsible for applicable University fees). As part of the course, students will be assigned weekly reading assignments and will submit electronic journal reflections. The final project is a paper reflecting on the intern experience and career choices. The course will replace one of the field experiences required by the science teacher education program.
Do I have to take the LTC 1155 course, Exploring Science Teaching as a Career, to be considered for a summer internship?
No. However, if you are considering science teaching as a career, this course will be helpful in planning a program of study.
Is there a dress code at the internship sites?
Each intern site will have its own requirements. All interns will be subject to the applicable rules and regulations of the organization for which they will be working.
When will I know if I've been selected for an internship?
Notifications will occur on or before March 1, 2013.
What happens if I get sick or need vacation time?
As you begin your internship, the internship site will let you know the procedures to follow for such events.
Will I be notified if not selected?
Yes. We will notify everyone by email after decisions are made.
How can I find out about the status of my application?
For questions about your application, contact Marilyn Soucie.



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